This is the culmination of a week’s worth of blog posts comparing various ways of staying current with the USSC and focusing in on the two big contenders: BNA’s United State Law Week and SCOTUSBlog.
Although we took a fairly close look at the official USSC website itself there is no way that it can be in the running for the best source of current information. It is simply too clunky, too old-fashioned, with no Web 2.0 features, and no analysis or commentary.
Access to Documents: limited to opinions, orders, docket, calendar, merits briefs
Updates: by email
SCOTUSBlog and Wiki -
Access to Documents: everything in the file including petitions and amicus briefs
Updates: RSS feed, as often as they post (daily)
Analysis: both pre- and post-decision
But, since we are all lawyers here, consider these caveats and disclaimers. SCOTUSBlog has only been in existence a short time; US Law Week has been in it for the long haul. Does reliability count? You bet. And, for overall research of past USSC decisions Law Week absolutely beats SCOTUSBlog. Law Week’s backfile of decisions, bolstered with a human-generated index makes Law Week a legitimate research source.